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A Question About Contrails  
User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2920 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 2086 times:

Is it possible to see the contrails of our own aircraft during a flight?Some people say yes, but that never happened to me!!!

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User currently offlineDLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3672 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2075 times:

Yes it is. The problem is trying to get a view to the rear, as the contrails do not form immediatly at the engine exhaust, but a distance further back.

User currently offlineVeeref From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 10 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 2044 times:

It is possible. Your best chance is sitting towards the very back of an airplane that has wing mounted engines. Longer models such as A321 or 773 are best.
The more saturated the outside air the more pronounced the contrail and in some cases you will get a visible contrail almost immediately behind the engine exhaust. In really humid air you may actually get aerodynamic contrails as well.
Only other time I've seen it was in holding patterns at high altitudes. As you circle around you can see you contrail from the opposite direction. if you make more than one circuit and the winds aloft are light, you might even get the chance to fly back through them!

User currently offlineAMSSFO From Netherlands, joined Feb 2005, 954 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (9 years 10 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 1941 times:

See this thread for a pic and more:

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